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Neteru
17-02-05, 12:06
Microsoft is working on a new version of its Internet Explorer web browser.

The revamp has been prompted by Microsoft's growing concern with security as well as increased competition from rival browsers. Microsoft said the new version will be far less vulnerable to the bugs that make its current browser a favourite of tech-savvy criminals. Test versions of the new program, called IE 7, are due to be released by the summer.

Better protection

The announcement about Internet Explorer was made by Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, during a keynote speech at the RSA Security conference currently being held in San Francisco.

Although details were scant, Mr Gates, said IE7 would include new protections against viruses, spyware and phishing scams. This last category of threats involves criminals setting up spoof websites that look identical to those of banks and try to trick people into handing over login and account information. In a bid to shore up the poor security in IE 6, Microsoft has regularly issued updates to patch loopholes exploited by criminals and the makers of nuisance programs such as spyware.

Earlier this month it released a security bulletin that patched eight critical security holes - some of which were found in the IE browser. Microsoft has also made a series of acquisitions of small firms that specialise in computer security. One of the first fruits of these acquisitions appeared last month with the release of a Microsoft anti-spyware program. An own-brand anti-virus program is due to follow by the end of 2005.

The decision to make Internet Explorer 7 is widely seen as a U-turn because, before now, Microsoft said it had no need to update the browser. Typically new versions of its browser appear with successive versions of the Windows operating system. A new version of IE was widely expected to debut with the next version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, which is due to appear in 2006.

The current version of Internet Explorer is four years old, and is widely seen as falling behind rivals such as Firefox and Opera. There are also persistent rumours that search engine Google is poised to produce its own brand browser based on Firefox. In particular the Firefox browser has been winning fans and users since its first full version was released in November 2004.

Estimates of how many users Firefox has won over vary widely. According to market statistics gathered by Websidestory, Firefox's market share is now about 5% of all users. However, other browser stat gatherers say the figure is closer to 15%.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4270449.stm)

Anubis_AF
17-02-05, 13:19
Great! I can't wait! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

Nicky
17-02-05, 13:31
Originally posted by Neteru:
The current version of Internet Explorer is four years old, and is widely seen as falling behind rivals such as Firefox and Opera.That's for sure... Oh well, I'm curious to see how this new IE will be.

Mark Garcia
17-02-05, 13:42
Me too Nicky. We'll have to wait until 2006.

Neteru
17-02-05, 14:06
Peers through time binoculars, into the future

Microsoft Press Release 21 August 2007

Microsoft proudly announces a new era in internet browsing for our customers with the new Internet Explorer 7.

A few months ago many people may recall that we announced work on this project in an effort to completely overhaul our browser and make it much more competitive, secure and faster for the home user.

Commensurate with that desire, we bought out The Mozilla Organisation and the rights to Firefox, have repackaged it and now offer it for free download and use via our main site. We hope you enjoy the new Internet Explorer 7 and the improved performance it offers.

tlr online
17-02-05, 14:16
This is long overdue. Anyone got any screenies of I.E. 7?

Neteru
17-02-05, 14:58
You'll find screenies at mozilla.org http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

laracroft8290
17-02-05, 15:01
Originally posted by tlr online:
This is long overdue. Anyone got any screenies of I.E. 7? Nope, but it's supposed to beta this summer. I'm thinking they'll go with tabbed browsing and "security" improvements but other than that, where can they go with IE? The only other thing they could do is allow you to skin it.

[ 17. February 2005, 16:04: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

SpArKy
17-02-05, 19:46
Yes i agree, except follow Firefoz etc, i love firefox espeacially due to the fact that you can completely customize with plugins.

Draco
17-02-05, 20:29
I think that is why Microsoft hasn't really touched IE much in the first place, just nothing to do cept under the hood work.

I personally dont care much about skins, they are nice and fun, but that is space they take up.

TopCat.TopBeing
17-02-05, 20:37
unless they come up with something SUPERFANTASTIC ill stick with mozilla cause well its just superior to IE in every single way :cool: